History should be learned by all

Eastern New Mexico is about to gain one more American citizen. That’s the report I got a few weeks ago, when then-Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen suggested we do a story about Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes applying for U.S. citizenship. Burroughes, who has been married to a U.S. citizen for more […]

Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Clovis couple wins lottery prize

CNJ staff A Clovis couple won a top prize playing a New Mexico Lottery Scratcher game, according to a press release. According to the New Mexico Lottery press release: • Troy and Tiffany Vancleave won $50,000 playing the lottery’s “Crossword Deluxe” Scratcher. “I fell to my knees and cried,” Tiffany Vancleave told lottery officials in […]

Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into solidly Republican territory dominated by an industry upset with his administration’s […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Help, lucky trout and marching to Montgomery

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Help please United Way of Easter New Mexico needs help decorating for its annual banquet. If you can spare a few minutes, they will be decorating the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom from noon to 3 p.m. today. For more information: 769-2103. Fishing fun Catch the right […]

Business digest — March 20

Farm Credit to distribute cash Farm Credit of New Mexico will distribute $9.5 million in cash to stockholders by the end of March as part of its patronage distribution program. The payment is based on each stockholder’s average loan balance during 2011, and reduces member interest rates by about .75 percent. The association recorded net […]

Candidates to file for state races

Kevin Wilson Primary voters in eastern New Mexico should have some choices in June to see who moves on to the general election. With pre-primary conventions concluded for New Mexico Republicans on Saturday, and the Democratic pre-primaries completed a week ago, candidates are lined up to succeed the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and possibly […]

What’s happening — March 18

Monday New Mexico Municipal League District meeting — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Tuesday Introduction to the Internet — 9 a.m. to noon, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting — Noon, Clovis Community College. Storm spotter training — 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly. Free […]

Noe Torres still in Mexico City jail

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CNJ staff Noe Torres remains in a Mexico City jail awaiting an extradition hearing to face murder charges in Clovis, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler on Wednesday declined to disclose the hearing date. He did say it could be another 30 to 60 days before Torres is on his way back to U.S. […]

Community health forum being presented

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Smoking cessation will be one of the topics addressed at a community health forum scheduled for March 26 at Plains Regional Medical Center. Tonjia Rolan New Mexicans are more unhealthy today than they were three years ago, according to a Presbyterian Healthcare Services survey. If you live in New Mexico, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling young artists and pumpkin for oil

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Art contest The Congressional Art Competition is under way. This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. All entries from students in eastern New Mexico must be submitted to Sen. Ben Ray Luj

Pipeline should satisfy everyone

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I am writing on behalf of the village of Logan to explain to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties our position concerning the proposed pipeline that the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is planning to build to pump water out of Ute Lake. To begin with, I am sure it will come as […]

McGee: Eastern New Mexico’s high winds make an impression on newcomers

Storm spotter’s courses being offered

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

Press release: Yogurt facility holding groundbreaking

Clovis, New Mexico – A groundbreaking will take place for a yoghurt manufacturing facility on Friday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, New Mexico. The yoghurt facility will be owned and operated by Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family and will produce “Freanna Original Yoghurt. Freanna Original Yoghurt […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Food, computer help and a corny law

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Food distribution set The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s commodity distribution is 1 p.m. today at the Memorial Building in Portales. Computer help Got computer issues or looking around to replace one? Check out this free program — Selecting, installing and maintaining a computer from 9 […]

Ingle seeking re-election

CNJ staff Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced Monday he will seek re-election to his District 27 seat, which includes all of Roosevelt and De Baca counties and portions of Curry, Chaves and Lea counties. Ingle, a farmer and rancher in Portales, has served in the senate since 1985 and has been senate minority leader since […]

Science fair results

Results for Clovis students at the Eastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair on Feb. 25 in Portales: Clovis Christian Schools • Ethan Hill, first in earth and planetary science • Kaitlyn Aldaz-Rael, first in mathematical sciences • Chris Ortiz, first in physics and astronomy Mesa Elementary • Levi Blea, first in behavioral and social sciences […]

Curry County Cats-New Mexico Titans preview

CMI staff New Mexico Titans at